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3D-Printed Dolls Embrace Diversity With Hearing Aids and Birthmarks

British toymaker Makies gives kids a way to play with toys that reflect a more inclusive reality.

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Childhood toys straddle a strange line between “encouraging fantasy” and “reflecting reality.” Ideally, a toy—especially an action figure or doll—should both inspire unbounded flights of imagination, while still being realistic and recognizable enough that a child playing with it can form some sort of attachment to the toy. That can be a tough needle to thread, and more often than not, toymakers count on the former trumping the latter, opting not to produce toys that accurately depict the full spectrum of shapes, colors, and physical features that kids likely see every day in their friends, family, and community.

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The First-Ever Design Week Dedicated to Children Begins Today in Milan

Kids will be the number-one priority at this design convention.

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The French philosopher Roland Barthes, in his famous book of essays, Mythologies, once grumpily criticized the world of children’s toys, lambasting them as unimaginative and banal reproductions of the adult world. “Faced with this world of faithful and complicated objects, the child can only identify himself as owner, as user, never as creator,” wrote Barthes. “He does not invent the world, he uses it: there are, prepared for him, actions without adventure, without wonder, without joy.”

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GOOD Design Daily: 24 Well Designed Toys Kids Will Like

Design writer Alexandra Lange has compiled a list of smart, sturdy toys that kids won't toss in favor of a cardboard box.

Oh, the dilemmas of design-savvy parents during the holidays! They want to buy the toys their children actually want, but their own demands must be met: no ridiculous plastic, no flimsy construction (and looking good in their Dwell-ready homes—well, that's a plus). Over at the social shopping site Svpply, the design writer Alexandra Lange has compiled what we think is the definitive lineup of smart, well-designed toys that kids won't toss in favor of a cardboard box.

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